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Check out the best stories of the week of Nov. 8 from Your Business, the Globe's home for entrepreneurs. Read our columnists, view archives of discussions, and connect through social media on the Your Business homepage.

The accidental millionaire. Karim Nasser is living proof that education, hard work and careful money management can pay dividends

IPOs lose their appeal in unpredictable market. The transition can be brutal on management, and the loss of privacy can take a toll as well

Online swap shops offer win-win in tough economy. Bartering services save businesses cash and provide free advertising

Customer-service gaffes can pay off. Making good after a foul-up can generate a far more positive impression of a company than simply providing good service

Being a good corporate citizen helps small guys compete. Ask Brad Mills about the most exciting aspect of his business these days and you might think his company's impressive $18.5-million annual revenue would top the list.

Need small business funding? The government can help. There are lots of programs out there for companies doing new product research. Here's how to find the one that's right for you

A second career biking the dusty roads of Africa. Burned out NGO employee starts touring company, today covers five continents

A new company culture, from the top down, and the bottom up. Trimark Sportswear is well on its way to achieving a sea change in engagement

Virtualization a reality for small businesses. More companies are opting to power multiple 'virtual machines' on a single server

Outsource IT headaches to the cloud. From e-mail systems to digital storage space, cloud computing lets small businesses focus on the tasks that really matter

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